Posted: May 26th, 2010 under communication, life on the spectrum, parenting.
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Sunday we moved the non-furniture stuff into M-‘s apartment.   A couple of trips up and down the stairs, and we were all glad someone else would be humping the bed, chairs, and big round table up there.

We left M- there about 5:30 in the evening, with instructions to call if he had any problems.   He didn’t call.   In fact, from the look on his face as we left, he was just waiting for us to get out the door so he could get to the apartment pool.   Next morning we were here to receive the movers; I called M- when they left, so he would expect them in about an hour.   He sounded quite chipper.   R- drove down to pay the movers while I worked up here.

Tuesday, the internet guy was supposed to come, but didn’t–I had gone down to install the router after the internet guy left, and in the meantime picked up some of the usual things you find you’ve forgotten in any move.   Today, Wednesday, the internet guy has been and gone, and I’m about to go down and install the router.   M- hasn’t been online yet, and doesn’t sound (over the phone) like he really knows what he’s doing with that, so I may have to call the internet provider myself.

M- seems very happy in his apartment so far, though he admitted yesterday that he’s not yet used to it and hasn’t slept straight through.   While we waited, I read and he worked on reviewing schoolwork from last semester.   Although he was disappointed the installer didn’t come (we both were!)  all the work we’ve done on handling surprises, disappointments, and changes in plans really paid off–he was just disappointed, no fuss or anything.

So far, the move has gone very well and M- seems to be handling things pretty well.    Incredibly well considering what we started with 26 years ago.   Even 10 years ago.   So I have high hopes that this will continue to go reasonably smoothly.


  • Comment by Dave Ring — May 27, 2010 @ 10:15 am


    The June 2010 issue of Scientific American includes an interesting report (by Charles Q. Choi, page 17) about a wearable device that tracks the eye movements of experts versus new students on a geological field study. It seems to me that this technology could provide useful insights into information processing theories of autism.

  • Comment by Elizabeth — May 27, 2010 @ 10:26 am


    There are several wearable devices tracking eye movement–I think some have been used in autism research but mostly in fairly unimaginative ways…but yes, there’s potential. In a recent issue of SCIENCE, for instance, eye-tracking was used to determine how good readers and poor readers looked at text while reading. Cost is always a factor–and as far as I know, no one is giving the feedback to the autistic (or other) persons so that they can use the information to change behavior.

  • Comment by Dave Ring — May 27, 2010 @ 10:59 am


    Balance board / motion sensing technology useful to Parkinson’s patients was prohibitively expensive until Wii made it cheap. Let’s hope someone sees a mass market for eye-tracking.

  • Comment by Elizabeth — May 27, 2010 @ 1:09 pm


    We need to find a way to make it fun!

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